Ronnie O'Sullivan hits 147 to make the UK Championship quarter-final

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A stunning display from Ronnie O'Sullivan saw him surge into the UK Championship quarter-finals and make a maximum break on Thursday evening at the Barbican Centre in York.

The Rocket outclassed fellow Essex player Matthew Selt in a 6-0 whitewash, wrapping the match up with a sublime 147 break. Such was his dominance, Selt only managed 85 points in the six frames.

O'Sullivan started strongly with a break of 76, and runs of 61 and 52 helped him take a commanding 4-0 lead into the interval. He wasted little time in closing the match out on his return, with an 89 break in frame five - where he was also on course for a 147 - before finishing the match off in style with the maximum in the sixth.

'That's just how I play'

He told reporters: "I wasn't trying to entertain, that is just how I play. I don't go out there trying to do anything differently from practice, it is how I have played since I was a young boy. I am lucky to be able to play at such a level."

The five-time world champion has now made 13 professional maximum breaks, and is just eight centuries behind Stephen Hendry's record of 775. 

Anthony McGill will be O'Sullivan's quarter-final opponent after he beat John Higgins 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon.


Earlier in the day, former champion Judd Trump battled to a 6-3 victory over a dogged Rod Lawler.

Despite making a break of 104 in the opening frame, Trump soon found himself 2-1 behind before winning a scrappy fourth frame to level the contest at the break.

Lawler dug in again after dropping the next two frames, winning the seventh, but the major turning point came when he failed to close out frame eight from 60 points in front.

Trump took advantage of his reprieve, closing the match out with a break of 112, setting up a last eight bout with Mark Davis.

In the afternoon's other match, Marco Fu exacted revenge over Shaun Murphy in a repeat of the 2008 final. On that occasion Murphy won 10-9, but Fu held his nerve in a tense deciding frame to clinch a 6-5 win.

After trading the first four frames, Murphy hit a brilliant 137 in frame five to move 3-2 ahead. Fu struck back immediately but runs of 75 and 82 put his opponent in full control at 5-3.

Murphy narrowly missed out on the win in the next, and a break of 67 from the Hong Kong player in the tenth frame sent the match into a final frame. The Englishman drew first blood, notching up a 54 point lead, but Fu didn't panic, grinding out a 33 and a 27 to snatch a dramatic win.

Stephen Maguire, a champion in 2004, will meet Fu in the quarter-finals after the Scot ended the run of Ireland's David Morris, with a 6-3 win on Thursday night.

The Scot struck an impressive 108 to carry a 3-1 lead in to the mid-session interval.

Morris - aided by a break of 90 - clawed himself back to 3-3, but failed to press on as Maguire's experience shone through, winning the next three frames to round off the win.


Graeme Dott plays Stuart Bingham, while four-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan takes on Anthony McGill in the first two quarter-finals.

In the evening session, Mark Davis does battle with Judd Trump, and Marco Fu challenges Stephen Maguire, as they bid to reach the last four.

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